John Swendseid works as bond counsel and swap counsel to governmental entities in Nevada and Colorado, and as federal income tax counsel on state and municipal financings in the Rocky Mountain/Great Basin area. John has assisted government clients in bond financing of a variety of capital projects, such as schools, highways, and other infrastructure.
John’s bond counsel experience includes drafting and reviewing legislation and documents for all types of state and local government financings. This includes documentation authorizing tax-exempt bonds and documentation of bond-related transactions like interest rate swaps and other hedges, letters of credit, and investment instruments for investing bond-related funds.
Throughout the years, John has concentrated much of his professional activities in the area of federal income tax law applicable to state and local government finance. He currently assists the firm’s public finance tax lawyers in drafting and reviewing documentation to ensure compliance with federal income tax laws applicable to tax-exempt bonds and to other tax-advantaged bonds. John also helps draft and review opinions on federal income tax matters related to tax-exempt financings, as well as other types of tax-favored governmental financings, and assists in researching and advising the firm’s clients and other bond lawyers of changes in federal income tax law that may affect state and local government finance. John’s tax practice also includes representing governmental entities that issue bonds in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits of tax-exempt and tax-credit bonds.
John was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers from 2004 to 2007 and was one of three editors of “Federal Taxation of Municipal Bonds,” a 12-volume compilation of federal law dealing with the tax exemption of interest on government bonds. He has been a sought-after speaker at programs dealing with legal and federal income tax aspects of government bonds sponsored by the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, and several other sponsors.
John received the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ Carlson Prize in 2008, which is awarded to the person who submits the best scholarly article for publication in “The Bond Lawyer” in that year. Highly respected by his peers, John was selected to serve as the Vice-Chair and then Chair of the Committee on Tax-Exempt Finance of the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association. Regarded as a leader in the field, he is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Bond Counsel, which recognizes lawyers with established reputations among their peers for their skill, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of bond.